Do you live with daily pain? Perhaps you’ve had an injury that continually visits you with twinges of pain and just won’t go away permanently. Do you have RSI (repetitive stress injury)? Do you have signs of RSI? Shouldn’t you be familiar with the signs RSI in order to determine if that is what you are suffering from?
These are just some of the questions that accompany repetitive stress and will be asked… but what exactly is RSI?
RSI or Repetitive Stress Injury affects millions of people today. Although it is commonly thought of as a work related injury, repetitive stress injury is just that… so it can and does occur from engaging in activities you love doing… if you repetitively put some sort of strain on a given part of your body.
RSI will normally affect those that are sitting at a desk (especially a computer) every day for hours on end. Standing in a production line hour after hour is also a very common way to develop a repetitive stress injury.
These types of continual non-varying activities can take a toll on your body… and eventually your body will let you know that it is growing weary of these constant activities.
However, if aren’t aware of the warning signs or don’t know what to look for in the first place; how are you going to know what to do about them.
These may very well be some of the everyday aches and pains that you are suffering from, but you don’t have to live with them. You can do something about them.
So, let’s take a look at the warning signs of RSI.
As with anything, your body gives you signs when something isn’t quite right. The problem is that you need to be able to identify what it is that your body is trying to tell you. You need to make sure that you are in tune with your body and any aches, pains, or whatever it is transmitting to you. Every individual is different and everyone may or may not have the same specific warning signs, but there are commonalities when it comes to RSI… and if you believe you have any it is wise to consult with your doctor.
With RSI you can have recurring pain and/or soreness in your neck, upper back, shoulders, wrists, or hands. You may even experience tingling, numbness, coldness, or loss of sensations in the affected areas as well.
For instance, a loss of grip, lack of muscular endurance, weakness, and fatigue are all very common signs. All warning signs of repetitive stress.
You may even have tense of even locked muscles in your shoulders and/or arms. If you experience chronic pain or numbness as you lie in bed, this may not simply mean that your arm or hand is just asleep. You should take these warning signs seriously and monitor them closely. If they continue, you should not continue to go on without getting them checked out.
It is certainly worth a trip to the doctor, if you begin experiencing any type of chronic pain. Listen to your body and do what is right for your body and your health. No one wants to live with pain.
Staying in good health means listening to your body and knowing of the warning signs that your body may be transmitting to you. Pay attention to the things that are going on around you or the things that are going on with your body. Only you can know for sure what is happening with your body, and if it is normal. Don’t ignore the warning signs of pain… especially if the pain advances to being chronic… even if only “a little” chronic pain.
See your doctor to find out more about RSI and if you have it.
Article by Jeff Foster. For more important information on repetitive stress injury be sure to visit http://www.rsi-aid.com where you will find advice and tips on repetitive stress injury treatment and repetitive strain injury and more on staying pain free.